The Hahndorf area is such a credit to South Australia. Small bustling, locally owned shops and cafes making up the heart of the main street.
The Seasonal Garden; owned and operated by Silvia Hart, strives to celebrate the amazing produce that South Australia has to offer. The café fully supports the local community and vice versa, it is surrounded and supported by so many people in the heart of the town.
The Seasonal Garden has recently moved; just across the street so not to stress the locals! We were able to try a few dishes recreated into bite sized tasters for the Grand Opening.
Upon entering the café I was hit with the appealing fragrance of spices whilst wooden features and a wall of overly large spice jars caught my eye. Straight away it was clear that The Season Garden had a vision, and they nailed it. The bustling café with Bird In Hand wine tasting set the exciting yet personal scene for the opening.
The tasting plate offered parsnip chips, roasted artichokes, sour dough, skordalia dips, a brie and blue from Udder Delights and my absolute stand out for the night; a mulberry jam. Silvia explained to us that the mulberries are hand-picked personally with her children from a 150 year old wild mulberry tree, crossing bridges and wilderness just to get to the berries. Amazing right! All aspects of the tasting plate worked really well with each other.
The next tasters we tried were a take on the Quinoa and Falafel Burger, the mini patty was soft and sweet with a pickled topping of beetroot and carrot, a very bright and fragrant dish. I can’t wait to go back and try this one!
Roasted Chicken Salad served on a crusty crostini was the dish that truly show-cased the fresh and local produce this café has to offer. The slithers of crunchy vegies with fresh herbs, roasted chicken and pesto base were all full of flavour with an easy to eat texture. Extremely fresh, healthy and tasty!
The final dish was a version of the slow roast lamb; pulled roast lamb on a crusty crostini with a slice of roasted capsicum, although this dish could have used some seasoning, the capsicum gave extra flavour.
A successful night for friends, family and local supporters of the café to celebrate the opening of The Seasonal Garden. I can’t wait to come back in the future to see the additional features such as an outdoor pizza oven and community garden in full swing. Adelaide Food Central wishes The Seasonal Garden all the best in their new endeavours, it is great to see local produce and people being celebrated in the amazing way they should be.
Words by Chelsea Thomas from When Salt Met Pepper
WHERE: 81 Main Rd, Hahndorf